What Healthy Foods Are You Probably Not Eating?

Learn about healthy foods you're probably not eating from nutrition coach Lisa Neilsen in this Howcast video.

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So here are some suggestions on healthy foods that you should be eating that you are probably not eating. The first group of foods I would recommend would be dark leafy greens; these are the most missing foods in the American diet so things like kale, collard greens, swiss chard, and these foods can be deliciously prepared. So one of the things I do with my dark leafy greens is I'll chop them and put little onion and olive oil in a pan and let that brown and than add in my dark leafy greens and saute them and they taste delicious; I season them with little sea salt and pepper and I recommend that my clients try to eat something green everyday. Than the next food that you probably don't have in your diet are beans and recently the American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association have been encouraging us to look for alternative sources of protein in our diet beyond animal protein. So beans are low in fat and a smart way to integrate beans into your diet is to do it slowly and in small portions over time, so you don't need to start out with big portions if you tend to be sensitive to beans in your diet. The next group would be whole grains, there is lot of confusion about what whole grains are. Whole grains are grains that have been unprocessed so things like brown rice, quinoa, barley. These are the whole grains that fuel us and give us energy and if you can't eat them in their pure form, look for whole grain breads. These are the breads that can give you the long burning energy. And than the last group would be healthy fats and I think people are so conscious about having too much fat in their diet that they are looking to cut out fat completely, so healthy fats would be things that are high in omega 3 like wild salmon, avocado or nuts and seeds. These are the healthy fats that you need in your diet. So I hope that these suggestions give you a way to start to incorporate some of these healthy foods that you are shying away from eating in your diet.

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